The environmental extremist group Center for Biological Diversity is pressing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to set aside millions of acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico for jaguars.
“They move a lot in search of mates and prey and they need to be able to have corridors to move in between mountain ranges,” says Randy Serraglio of the Center for Biological Diversity. “I think there’s plenty of room in Arizona for people to survive and jaguars to survive along with them.”
But not everyone is on board with the idea.
The executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association calls the idea “ridiculous.” One Marana cattle rancher who talked to News 4 Tucson agreed. “Typically with endangered species, critical habitat regulations become restrictions on things that you can do,” Cindy Coping said.
Coping worries those restrictions might include a cap on the number of cattle, as well as a hunting ban. “If there are restrictions on predator control, then the ranch is more susceptible to losing livestock to lion predation,” she said.